The Jazz Journalists Association (JJA) has announced the winners of its 25th annual JJA Jazz Awards—and we are both honored and thankful to report that JazzTimes is among them, taking the award for Publication of the Year. But we’re not letting this recognition go to our heads; we’re just as gratified, if not more, to see that Carla Bley received a well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award, that Terri Lyne Carrington won Musician of the Year, and that Lakecia Benjamin was named Up and Coming Musician of the Year.
Here are a few more winners of the 2020 JJA Jazz Awards, including several JT favorites (check the results of our most recent Critics’ Poll and you’ll see we agree with the JJA on the year’s best album).
Composer of the Year: Kris Davis
Arranger of the Year: Miguel Zenón
Record of the Year: Branford Marsalis Quartet, The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul (OKeh)
Historical Record of the Year: Eric Dolphy, Musical Prophet: The Expanded 1963 New York Studio Sessions (Resonance)
Record Label of the Year: ECM
Male Vocalist of the Year: Kurt Elling
Female Vocalist of the Year: Cécile McLorin Salvant
Large Ensemble of the Year: The Art Ensemble of Chicago 50th Anniversary
Mid-Size Ensemble of the Year: Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom
Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism: Stanley Crouch
Blog of the Year: WBGO.org
Robert Palmer-Helen Oakley Dance Award for Excellence in Writing: Nate Chinen
Book of the Year: Jazz from Detroit by Mark Stryker
For a complete list of winners, go to the JJA’s website.
Congratulations to all!